Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is most often used for children who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax and receive treatment comfortably and safely. Nitrous oxide is administered by placing a small mask over your child’s nose. Your child will be asked to breathe through his or her nose and not through the mouth. As the gas begins to work, the child becomes calm, although he or she is still awake and can talk with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately. As the child gets older and becomes more comfortable with the dentist, nitrous oxide may not be needed.
Nitrous oxide is always delivered mixed with oxygen. To prevent overdose, nitrous oxide machines are designed to stop the flow of nitrous oxide if the oxygen concentration drops below 30 percent.
When the treatment has been completed, the nitrous oxide is turned off and pure oxygen is delivered for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush the child’s body of the gas. The effects of nitrous oxide should disappear as oxygen is breathed.
For children, a trip to the dentist can be scary. While we will always use a gentle touch whenever we work with your child, some children tend to be more anxious than others and may need a little extra help to relax in our dentist’s chair. We offer oral conscious sedation to help your child overcome dental fears and receive the care they need without upset and anxiety.
Oral sedation dentistry for your child’s dental anxiety is simple. We will provide you with a pill or liquid medication that he or she can take that he or she can take once you arrive at our office. Your child will probably be sleepy after taking the pill, but he or she will be able to respond. Afterward, he or she might not even remember very much about the visit! We can use oral sedation to qualm your child’s dental fears while we perform fillings, crowns, or even just routine cleanings.
Oral sedation is safe for kids, so no need to worry. At Corsicana Children’s Dental Group, we care just as much about your child’s emotional wellbeing as we do about their dental health!
If your child requires deep sedation due to extreme dental fear or extensive and difficult dental treatment, we have a board certified, medical anesthesiologist (M.D.) who provides I.V. Sedation on-site, so other travel isn’t necessary. We always adhere to the special safety guidelines for anesthesia administration that were set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics.